David Kitchen practices primarily in the areas of insurance and general commercial litigation and also specializes in defending long term disability claims on behalf of a number of large disability insurers. During his 19 years of practice, David has appeared in Court numerous times, both at the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench levels. He has run a number of trials in the Court of Queen’s Bench, been involved in numerous Special Chamber’s Applications and argued at the Court of Appeal on a wide range of legal issues. While maintaining his current practice, David has also begun to offer his services as a mediator.
Over the course of his career David has been involved in hundreds of mediations and Judicial Dispute Resolutions, both from the perspective of Plaintiff's counsel and Defence counsel. During this time he has been able to observe what works well in a mediation setting, and what strategies result in successful negotiations. While parties and their counsel tend to be "result oriented", sometimes it is the process of the negotiations that is most important; a fair and balanced process with the each party being engaged and heard.
David also brings the practicality of having appeared at all levels of court in Alberta to the mediation process. As noted above, he has participated in numerous Queen's Bench trials and has argued at the Court of Appeal on a wide variety of legal issues. As such, David has obtained immeasurable litigation experience and gained some sense of what a court may do if a certain matter were to come before it; not to mention having a clear understanding of the significant time and cost commitments of proceeding to trial.
To further enhance his understanding of the mediation process, David recently completed the STARS program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution through Pepperdine University, School of Law. This multi-day course, with some of the leading mediators in North America, has equipped David with additional practical tools, strategies and negotiation techniques to utilize as a mediator. This mediation training, along with David's litigation experience and balanced approach to problem solving will allow him to assist parties in negotiating a successful resolution of their lawsuits, regardless of the value or issues in dispute.
When not practicing law, David can typically be found on a bicycle, as he is an avid road cyclist, having started up a local cycling club called Velo Café Cycling with a number of fellow riders. David can also be found teaching spin, skiing, playing hockey and acting as chauffeur for his three children who compete in a number of different sports throughout Alberta.